It’s been a while…

Where do I start?

I have a new German au pair named C.  Apart from being stunning, she is a dream au pair and she is fitting in very nicely.  And she bakes amazing treats, so we get along very well.

baked goods

The other big news story is we are moving to Toowoomba, as my husband will be working from there full time as of next year.  Because I love and care for my husband, I wanted to help minimise his commute- so I started researching prices of second hand helicopters.  But alas, it wasn’t to be.  They are too expensive to maintain and operate, and besides my husband doesn’t even have a helicopter license.

We’ve already brought a house. It’s a bit of a fixer upper.

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One day it will look something like this.

new house

new house ii

With these view ice-cream new house view ice-cream camelia ice-cream new house

So many special occasions have passed.  My baby turned 5.

ice-cream cake
My husband and I also celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary.  I wore the dress I wore for our engagement party all those years ago. My mother practically had to sew me in it – she kept suggesting I wear something else.  Ha! Here I am standing at a clever angle to make me look 5kgs lighter.

anniversary 6th

We celebrated by seeing the movie Straight Outta Compton at Gold Class Cinemas.  The movie was fine, but the signature sundae was 5 stars.

Finally, last weekend it was my husband’s 34th birthday, which we celebrated with our annual B Cup.  This year was the American Cup theme (32 was Wimbledon, and 33 was French).  My husband was extra competitive, and didn’t want guests to come if they weren’t going to participate in the tournament.

american cup

american cup hotdogs

american cup ben and jerries ice-cream

american cup cake

Here we are wearing our matching outfits- role modelling for our boys who I expect to dress identically at times. american cup outfits

Anyway, my husband finally won the tournament, and will get his name engraved on the B Cup!

Hope everyone is enjoying the school holidays x

New babies etc

So much has happened since we last caught up.  Welcome to the world niece M!

hospital baby m ii

hospital newborn

And welcome C!

hospital baby c


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hospital flowers

They were born days apart in the same hospital as my Dad is in, whilst he recovers from his stroke.  So I’ve been busy doing ward rounds.

We have visited the girls a few times, but since I care so much about them, we are mostly staying away!  With three young boys, we are hardly a calming presence.

hospital newborn m and h

hospital home newborns

To think H was a newborn 6 months ago.

hospital baby h bubbles

Now he is crawling, and pulling himself up.  He is still as delightful as ever and I am still smitten.

Went to the Red Rose Fund’s annual gala the other night.  This year’s charity was the pyjama foundation, where pyjama angels spend an hour a week reading to a foster child.  The theme was Once Upon a Time and it was held at Gabbinbar homestead in Toowoomba.

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red rose fund venue

red rose fund ferris wheel

red rose fund centrepiece

red rose fund dessert

red rose fund ball room

I wore the Camilla dress with my Game of Thrones bolero (still grieving the loss of Jon Snow).

red rose fund outfitred rose fund shoes

They went high-tech this year and had an online auction component.  I think my husband won some Broncos tickets.

Another big change for us is the return of J (our au pair) to Germany.  I think she deserves her own post (one day I will write one).  But for the record, I love her and am forever indebted. She was a Mary Poppins- structured, organised, reliable, warm, generous, fair.

Here we are doing the discover Brisbane bus tour on one of her last nights.

hospital beanies

discover brisbane
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Servus J!

My baby boy turned 5 yesterday, but I’m leaving the details for another post.  Already so many big news stories.  To be continued….


Have you ever been at a multiple prize draw, where an annoying person seems to win everything?  Yesterday, that was me!!!!  I won 3 of the 20ish prizes at a school fete.  I’d left  before the winners were announced, but my sister in law was there to collect my prizes.  Apparently, people were accusing the raffle of being rigged. Ha! The cheek.  Lucky I wasn’t there or I would have been squealing, and high fiving everyone and running victory laps!!!  I’m so excited, I may as well have won first prize in lotto. So these Adirondack chairs are mine..fete adirondack chairsAnd so is this esky full of coronas…

fete esky

And the ‘Dad’s pick’ prize with chainsaw and truck driving lessons!fete dads bookPinch me!

Speaking of lessons, I went surfing last week. You must try it.  Make sure you have a wet suit.  And avoid being in a group with 20 something year old co-ordinated Swiss boys.  I was a bedraggled mess, but I loved every minute of it.  Especially at the beginning when it seemed doable.  I barely stood for a few seconds, but as the surf instructor reminded me, the most important part was that I enjoyed it :)


Still waiting on these babies.  At least one will come tomorrow.

shingle inn pregnant

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Dad’s getting better.  He’s just lost a few words which is slightly frustrating for him.

So have you ever surfed?  Won any prizes lately? Chat soon x

Happy Mothers day etc.

Happy Mothers Day!!!

shingle inn flowers

shingle inn mothers day family

shingle inn mothers day
I had a lovely day with the boys.  The highlight was a ‘concert’ they performed at night.  Summersaults, Lion King songs, tickets they’d had their father forge etc. My favourite Mother’s Day yet. Felt very blessed.

My best friend will be having a baby on Monday. Expect that I’ll be visiting her and my sister in hospital at the same time!!!

shingle inn pregnant

We had an afternoon tea at Shingle Inn in the Town Hall to celebrate

- the oldest cafe in Brisbane (they have fitted the Town Hall with the original cafe).

Food was ordinary, but friends and atmosphere were A+++. 
shingle inn high tea

I finally had cause to wear my Game of Thrones balero.

shingle inn outfit ii

shingle inn outfit

The Brisbane Mayor sat in a booth at the back.  These two did not care.  They disgraced themselves, rolling around the floor as though they were at a kindy gym.  Youngsters these days..

shingle inn cute babies

I will be visiting my father in hospital at the same time as the newborns.  Sadly, he had a minor stroke last week (the expressive area of his brain was effected).  He seems to be making a speedy recovery. At 82, he’s already had 9 lives.  He broke his neck 15 years ago, has had several knee/hip replacements, heart stints etc.  No doubt he’ll be riding horses and flying planes again in no time.

shingle inn grandad

Had a teddy bears picnic with the kindy on the weekend.  Those kindy mums sure know how to bake.

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shingle inn teddy bears picnic food shingle inn teddy bears picnic shingle inn breakfast

Were you spoilt on Mothers Day? Did you ever make concerts for your parents when you were growing up?  Ever have reason to visit multiple people in the hospital at the same time?  Take care x

Baby shower and Anzac day

So it was my sister’s baby shower on the weekend. It’s a miracle she managed to get pregnant, being gay and all.  But divine intervention!  Another miracle? It’s a girl!  Sugar and spice and all things nice.

I am a Feeder.  I love to feed people.  So there was a lot of baking.

k baby shower

baby shower lolly pops

baby shower coconut ice

baby shower marshmallows

baby shower white rocky road

baby shower champagne flutes

baby shower sweets

baby shower pom poms

baby shower champage

baby shower champagne

Also had divine sandwiches and quiches.  Must share the recipes some time.

Here’s my sister with her 37 week bump (she’s the one on the right).

baby shower sister photosI wore a $40 Tar-ssoni dress (missoni for Target). 

Speaking of dresses, so many adorable options for baby girls:

pink dress

I did not manage to attend the Anzac parade last week, as I was at a kindy event, but I did take along some homemade Anzac biscuits.

anzac biscuits mine

So did K (the Dr who performed my last pap smear before I realised she was my son’s  friend’s mother).  Apparently, she used the same recipe as me.  I think my measurements must have been off, because these were hers.  anzac biscuits k

My grandfather Jack fought in the First World War (my father was 48 when I was born).  According to the national archives, Jack was 19 years and 7 months when he enlisted.  He fought on the Western Front and had lifelong issues after being gassed.  Will have to find out more details from my father.

Here’s my nephew wearing Jack’s medals to his local Anzac day parade.

anzac medalsOn the domestic front, I cannot sew, and handed in my twins tracksuit pants in year 8 home economics (after she’d been graded for them- we were in the same class) in order to pass.  If only my year 8 home economic teacher could see me now:

anzac diy jeans

Distressed them myself.  I tried the grater approach, but had more succes pulling threads with tweezers perpendicular to two cuts in the jeans.

anzac jeans diy

anzac shoe ii

anzac crawling

Any news from your end?

P.S.  So excited about our new princess!


Baby showers and technology

Thanks everyone for your feedback regarding my career progression.  Am feeling more at ease with moving on.  Just a little.

I’m hosting my twins baby shower next week, and so I’ve been doing my research, attending baby showers all over town (relax, I was invited to them).  This polka dot theme for N was effective.

baby shower i park

baby shower cake

baby shower gum

See those gum balls?  They do not stay in your digestive system for 7 years like we were led to believe all those years!  Googled it when my 3 year old swallowed one.

Also had a blast at O’s baby shower.

 baby shower ii

Aren’t people upping the anti at baby showers these days?  So much prettiness.  Is it pinterest? Inexpensive bunting/decor options?  Can you imagine attending a baby shower where the plates aren’t coordinated with the cake?

My sister’s baby shower will be in a week and a half, which gives the sugar on these rock candies 9 days to crystallise.  It’s quite a process.  You place the skewer in a champagne flute filled with sugar water and hold with a peg.

baby shower skewers

You are only meant to put one skewer per champagne flute, but sometimes us stay at home mums like a little challenge, so I put two per flute.  Time management people.

baby shower rock pops

Will post photos of the finished product.

Someone asked me if my boys were twins.  They are 16 months apart, but I feel compelled to dress them identically.  Sadly, it is impossible to get matching boys / baby clothes.

baby shower boys

Here is H matching the picnic rug shower checks on checks

Meanwhile, I’ve been upcycling.  I am not above replacing an ikea high chair I found on kerbside pickup, with a cleaner one I found 250 metres further down the road!  Does anyone else fantasise about furnishing a home entirely from the contents of kerbside pickup?  I think there’s a reality show in that.

And while I’m rambling, my 4 year old was incredulous when he recently learned I grew up without a mobile phone.  Seriously, I found myself saying “why in my day, we didn’t have mobile phones, we had to use the landline… and it wasn’t chordless- it was attached to a wall, and you had to stand in one spot to talk!”.  Am starting to feel out of touch with these youngsters.  And then my 19 year old German au pair informed me that she only recently learned video shops exist- she has grown up in an era where all movies could be downloaded online!  (seriously how do video shops still exist?)

Enough rambling.  Will you be getting fined for illegally downloading Dallas Buyers Club (actually don’t answer that, stay anonymous- it could have been the neighbour tapping into you download quota for all you know)?  Any suggestions for baby shower games/activities? I do hope you are well x

Easter 2015

Hope everyone had a happy Easter.  We did. Made some hot cross buns.

easter buns

Painted some eggs.

easter painted eggsHad a rooftop Easter Hunt.

easter hunt

easter haul

H turned 4 months on Easter day.  Just in time for solids.  His brother fed him some chocolate Easter egg.  Relax, he’s a third child.

easter h

We also went up to the Q1 viewing deck.  There was a lot of selfie action.  I counted 12 selfie portraits in approx 5 minutes.  And don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your selfie stick, the Q1 hires them out.

easter q1 selfies ii

easter q1 selfies

If you’re in Gold Coast, it’s worth a visit.  It costs $22 to enter as an adult, or it’s free if you pose as a potential purchaser at an open house for the sale of the penthouse suite.

We spent the remainder of the Easter week in Hervey Bay, visiting my family.  My mother doesn’t understand why anyone would live anywhere else.

easter hervey bay

easter sunset

easter mermaid ii easter mermaid easter beachIt’s always relaxing.  But 4 days seems to be the magic number.  Then the cousins are overtired and need a break.  It took 7 hours to get to Hervey Bay from Brisbane as we needed to stop several times for food/ toilet breaks for the children.  It took only 3 and a half hours on the way home, when I timed it with their night sleep.

Speaking of sleeps, H has transitioned from the bassinet to the cot.  We inherited the cot from my in-laws.  Pretty sure it doesn’t meet current safety specifications, but my husband assures me he tested it when he was an infant.

h cot

Onto some serious issues of which I seek your counsel- time is running out for me if I want to reenter my former profession.  I haven’t worked in my profession for almost 5 years, and my registration will lapse in a couple of months unless I resume work.   I spent 6 years studying full time to become qualified, so it seems a shame to let it go, but I feel overwhelmed thinking how I could fit it in.  Apart from looking after the boys, I’m now studying teaching (which I think will be a family friendly option) and will graduate at the end of the year.  Has anyone else changed career after having children?  Any advice?

Let me know how your Easter was.


Hi again

So, it’s been awhile.  Firstly, I’m back studying, and have been very busy being a mature age student.  We mature age students have a lot of fun acting overenthusiastic and pretending we’ve completed our assignments earlier than needed- you know, just to keep the youngsters on their toes!  We’ve a stereotype to uphold :) But I’m on holidays now.

Went to GOMA again the other day, and revisited the obliteration room.  Remember we obliterated H when he was 2 and a half months old?

gomi h obliterated

Here he is almost 4 months, being obliterated again.

march gomi obliteration

march gomi

Let’s study my hair in that last photo.  See that bun?  It is the work of a hair donut, which I’m obsessed with at the moment.   Now let’s talk about the balayage.  I was talked into this by the hair dresser as a low maintenance, mummy friendly hair do (I don’t think the hair dresser had children).  There’s a few things I don’t get about this balayage- first, why did it cost $350? And second, why am I paying to make it look instantly like I have 4 months worth of regrowth?

Am still smitten with baby H.  He’s rolling now and loves to laugh at his brothers, even when they torture him.

march baby kiss

march brother cuddles

march brother smother

Loving the cute children’s Eames chair replicas from ALDI last month.

march eames chairs

Life is good at the moment. I haven’t felt this well in years.  I think it’s due to a new revolutionary diet I’m on.  You probably haven’t heard of it lately amongst the paleo/ sugar free/ Atkins/raw foods/ macrobiotic/ gluten free crazes.  It’s called ‘eating sensibly’.

It all started when I purchased spinach leaves at the Fig Tree Pocket Farmer’s markets a few weeks ago.  The farmer had picked them earlier that day, and they tasted amazing, and remained fresh all week, unlike supermarket spinach.  So I’ve been inspired to eat lots of salads, and I feel terrific!  Am thinking about starting on those green juice/ smoothies.  The Fig Tree Pocket Farmer’s markets are held weekly on Wednesdays between 2 and 7. If you go, say high to these guys for me.

march kangaroo ii

Am also loving this new dictaphone option that WordPress has for writing blog posts.  So much easier!

Anyway, the big boys are at kindy, so better make good use of this time.  Might run a marathon or something.  Stay healthy.  Any suggestions for a good green smoothie?

march flowers

Hi there

It’s been a little while.  Have been busy instagramming. So much more efficient then blogging.

I hope you are staying safe Queenslanders. I have the television on, bracing for Marcia, hoping for the best.

Meanwhile we have our own dangers…

gomi snake

Relax. I texted the photo to the snake catcher and she told me it was dead- she could tell from how it’s head was placed???  She wash’t able to confirm the species from the photo.  Perhaps brown or a carpet snake.  We live on a hectare surrounded by bushland, so it was inevitable.

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Now if you’re squeamish, don’t read on- go and check out some cute photos of my boys on instagram, because it’s not pretty….
gomi snake pen

My sister laughed when I sent her the second photo.  But, snakes terrify me.  As far as I’m concerned there’s only one place they belong.

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Hope everyone had a lovely valentines.  My boys gave me these roses.

gomi valentines day roses

And this package of love arrived from the Fantastic Mrs Box.  Remember the excitement of a lucky dip when you were young?  Well you can relive the magic with Fantastic Mrs Box, where a new mystery package is delivered each month!  It’s a no fuss gift idea for yourself or a friend.

gomi fantastic mrs box

Finally made it to the Yayoi Kusama obliteration room at the Queensland GOMA.  Kusama, a contemporary Japanese artist, uses dots to cover different surfaces and fill rooms. She calls this process ‘obliteration’, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.  Here’s H getting obliterated.

gomi familyGomi h

gomi h obliterated

Made another trip to the Gold Coast.  This time we stayed at Broadbeach.

gomi 33 freshwater place

gomi mum and bub gc

gomi boys swimming

They were trying to sell us one of those time share thingies.  Never before have I been so grateful to having clingy children.  The boys put on such a turn at the child care centre, that we were released from our obligation to attend the time share presentation.

gomi gol coast

Stay safe Queenslanders and don’t wear your hermes scarves in the rain.


33, Bubbles …

There I was, minding my own business, being 32 and fabulous.  Next thing I knew, I was 33!  Oprah’s got me looking forward to my 50s, but for now, 33 feels pretty good.

Celebrated with my family on the Gold Coast.

chloe birthday


Plenty of Bubbles to help me celebrate.

christmas eve eve glass of champagne Moet

baby bath ii

chloe ii bubbles iii

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Can you believe Bubbles was my 32nd birthday present?

bubbles and m

A lot can happen in a year!

Here I am celebrating 32 with some of my dearest people.

32 birthday dinner

32 twin

One year later, and there’re both pregnant!

I’ll see them again for cake tonight :)

(My sister’s since moved out of that apartment on account of her flatmate sacrificing 10 chickens inside for some religious festival- I don’t know how he smuggled them in???).

J, the German au pair is holidaying in NZ, so I get these guys all to myself!  Here they are building a shell castle.

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Off to make an angel food cake.